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Reeta Chakrabarti on language and culture

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Reeta Chakrabarti on language and culture Copyrighted image Copyright: Richard Gardner/REX/Shutterstock
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jun 2016
Schools in Birmingham and Kolkata; time as a student in Oxford and France - growing up, Reeta Chakrabarti was exposed to a lot of cultures and...

What is emotive language and why is it used?

What is emotive language and why is it used? Creative commons image Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear, logical arguments - in order...

What is the Golem Effect - and how does it harm bilingual students?

What is the Golem Effect - and how does it harm bilingual students? Creative commons image Enrico under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jun 2016
Teachers who can only speak one language can, through the Golem Effect, hurt students who are able to communicate in more than a single tongue,...

Is cleaning a route to a better life for migrants?

Is cleaning a route to a better life for migrants? Copyright free image Copyright free: Unsplash
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 May 2016
New research in Finland suggests that the time demands, insecurity and relative isolation of cleaning work may make the dream of integration harder...

Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest

Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 May 2016
Why has the English language dominated the Eurovision Song Contest once more? Fernando Rosell-Aguilar explores what the competition holds this year...

Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator

Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator Creative commons image International Transport Forum under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the...

Is the UK media failing Welsh voters?

Is the UK media failing Welsh voters? Creative commons image John Lord under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Apr 2016
With elections for the welsh Assembly taking place in a fortnight, are voters getting a clear picture?

Throwing light on research by South & Central American scientists

Throwing light on research by South & Central American scientists Copyrighted image Copyright: RedLBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
Latin American scientists are coming together to promote their work more widely. Felix Moronta explains how.

Can cartoons help keep indigenous Mexican languages alive?

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Can cartoons help keep indigenous Mexican languages alive? Copyright free image Copyright free: USC Libraries Special Collections
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2016
A new project, 68 Tongues, 68 hearts, aims to help keep the indigenous languages of Mexico alive.

What makes it hard for migrants to learn the language of their new home?

What makes it hard for migrants to learn the language of their new home? Creative commons image CGP Grey under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2016
'Why don't migrants learn English if they want to live here?' is one of those sentiments you'll have come across a lot if you've spent much time on...

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Grammar matters

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Grammar matters Updated content
Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Jun 2016
Grammar matters because, combined with vocabulary choice, it is our main way of making meaning. This free course introduces you to one approach...

Exploring languages and cultures

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Exploring languages and cultures
Introductory level Duration 14 hours Updated 07 Jun 2016
Explore the multiple relationships between languages and cultures. In this free course you will learn about the benefits and challenges of meeting...

Una lengua en movimiento

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Una lengua en movimiento
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This free course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the societies and cultures of Spain and Latin America and extend the practical...

La canción protesta

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La canción protesta
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This free course, La canción protesta, will develop your knowledge and understanding of the societies and cultures of Spain and Latin America and...

Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

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Beginners’ Italian: food and drink Copyrighted image Copyright: © Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 22 Apr 2016
This free course, Beginners' Italian: food and drink, focuses on buying drinks and snacks in an Italian café, as well as on greeting and...

Beginners’ German: Food and drink

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Beginners’ German: Food and drink Copyrighted image Copyright: © Elena Kouptsova-Vasic/dreamstime.com.
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 22 Apr 2016
This free course, Beginners' German: Food and drink, provides materials at German for beginners level that support the development of listening,...

English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning Copyrighted image Copyright: © PepitolPhotos/Istockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the...

Communication, management and your own context

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Communication, management and your own context Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
In management the ability to communicate clearly and confidently is of key importance. This free course, Communication, management and your own...

Croeso: Beginners' Welsh

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Croeso: Beginners' Welsh Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
This free course, Croeso: Beginners' Welsh, is taken from Croeso, a beginners' language module that concentrates on Welsh as a tool for...

Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture. This free course, Beginners’ Chinese,...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Jun 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Jun 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Jun 2016
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Jun 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Jun 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Jun 2016
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Jun 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Jun 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Jun 2016
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Jun 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...